South Korean Watchdog Seeks Criminal Prosecution, Fines Facebook Over Personal Data Misuse

A South Korean watchdog group that protects personal information in the country fined Facebook $6.06 million on Wednesday morning and even sought a criminal probe for providing users’ personal data to other operators without any consent.

A South Korean watchdog group that protects personal information in the country fined Facebook $6.06 million on Wednesday morning and even sought a criminal probe for providing users’ personal data to other operators without any consent.

South Korea’s personal Information Protection Commission, which was launched back in August, said in a statement that it decided to fine the US social media giant after an investigation revealed that the personal data of at least 3.3 million of the 18 million Facebook users in the country were provided to operators other than Facebook without their knowledge, from May 2012 to June 2018.

The watchdog group also said it will refer Facebook Ireland, the recipient of the fine, to the country’s prosecution for a criminal investigation.

“We have cooperating as much as possible throughout the investigation process, we regret that the Personal Information Protection Commission has sought a criminal investigation,” a Seoul-based Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement, declining further comment as the company hasn’t yet fully reviewed the details of the decision.


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